Here are some things to consider in making your decision whether to take an approved course or prepare a portfolio.
|Choose an Approved Course if:||Choose a Portfolio if:|
|You prefer an instructor to guide you and give you feedback.||You like to design your own educational experiences.|
|You prefer the structured deadlines of a class.||You like to set your own deadlines.|
|You don’t know how to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.||You know how to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in a competency set.|
|You do not have knowledge or experience in more than half of the competencies in a competency set.||You have knowledge and experience in more than half of the competencies in a competency set.|
|You want to update previous knowledge and experience in a competency set.||Your knowledge and experience in a competency set is recent.|
|You want to interact with other learners in a structured environment.||You are comfortable working independently or providing your own support.|
Do you have enough library experience to prepare a portfolio?
Here is a quick way to determine if you have enough knowledge and skill in a competency set to successfully develop a proposal.
- Choose a competency set in which you feel you could prepare a portfolio. Look at the competencies in that set.
- If for over 50% of the competencies you can say to yourself “I know that,” or “I can do that” then you can probably prepare a successful portfolio. At this point don’t worry about how you would demonstrate your competency. We have Portfolio Development Suggestions to help you document your knowledge and skills.
- If over 50% of the time you do not feel you know or have performed this competency, you may want to take a course. It is very difficult to prepare a successful portfolio if you have little experience in that competency set.
- IF you still aren’t sure (for 50% of the competencies you have the skill and for 50% you don’t) you may want to read more details about preparing a portfolio and then decide.